Que Pasa: News and Notes for Nov. 13

Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, a Texarkana native and Archbishop Emeritus of Santa Fe, N.M., will be the featured speaker at the Dec. 6 dinner benefitting Catholic Charities of East Texas. The dinner, at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler, begins at 6 p.m. and will include a silent auction.

The Wellspring Center for Spirituality will offer an Advent retreat Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-noon. In the midst of this hectic and busy season, take a much-needed break to prepare for the coming of our Lord. This is an opportunity to reflect on the meaning and spiritual significance of Advent.  Father Gus Tharappel will guide the retreat.  Registration is not necessary.  All are welcome.  For more information about Wellspring programs and retreats, call 903-839-1280 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The diocesan Office of Family Life has announced its schedule for marriage prep days and weekends for 2016. Click on the brochure link next to set of dates to learn more. Marriage Prep Days in English: January 23 and June 16 (brochure); Marriage Prep Weekends in English: April 8-10 and September 23-25 (brochure); Marriage Prep Days in Spanish: January 23 and August 6 (brochure); Marriage Prep Weekends in Spanish:  April 9-10 and November 5-6 (brochure).

The Daughters of Divine Hope will offer an 11:30 a.m. Mass Dec. 14 for clergy celebrating birthdays and ordination anniversaries in those months, and for deceased clergy. The Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and lunch will follow in the Cathedral Center.

The Daughters of Divine Hope invite all to an open house Nov. 21. Please join us in celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life, the Daughters of Divine Hope’s fifth birthday in giving thanks to God for the good work he has begun in this new community of consecrated life. The St. John Neumann Convent is at 625 S. Vine St., Tyler, TX 75701.

The Diocese of Tyler Office of Faith Formation is holding a series of workshops focused on assisting parishes and families to develop practices and programs for those with special needs. Sessions are scheduled for Nov. 14 at St. Patrick in Lufkin, and Nov. 21 at St. Francis of the Tejas in Crockett. Topics to be covered include formation and awareness, making parishes accessible and inclusive, providing tools and resources, understanding disabilities, and adaptive Finding God Program. The sessions are intended for catechists, parish leaders, clergy, caregivers for this with special needs, and educators. To register or for more information, contact the diocesan Office for Faith Formation, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 903-266-2146. Cost for each session is $10.

The Diocesan Liturgical Commission will present a Liturgical Music Study Day on Nov. 21, 2015, at the Cathedral Center, Tyler, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Lunch will be provided.  Presentations are in English. This is for all Music Ministers, Musicians, Parish Liturgical Coordinators, and interested members of the Parish Liturgical Commissions, Priests and Deacons.

The Maria Goretti Network, a peer ministry group for survivors of abuse and their families, meets the third Sunday of every month in the Cathedral office Meeting Room (not the Cathedral Center) at 7 p.m. For information, call Peggy Hammett, 903-592-1617, ext. 19, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Catholic counseling services are now available in the Diocese of Tyler. Simone Key, MA, LPC-I, is on staff at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to provide faith-based family, marriage, individual and group counseling. Initial phone consultations are free, and services are provided on a sliding fee scale. For information, call 214-640-0651.

To speak with a priest about a possible vocation, call Father Justin Braun at the chancery, 903-534-1077, ext. 171, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To speak with a nun, contact Sister Angelica Orozco, EFMS, at the chancery, 903-534-1077, ext. 145, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you are not sending your parish bulletin to Catholic East Texas, please do so. Bulletins are our best source for information about your parish events. Email electronic versions (PDF or Word documents) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and mail paper versions to Susan De Matteo, Catholic East Texas, 1015 ESE Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701.

Catholic East Texas, the diocesan magazine, is online! Share the link to our full-color publication with family and friends. The magazine is an evangelical publication designed to implement Bishop Strickland’s vision for sharing the beauty of Catholic teaching, history, culture, spirituality and liturgy in a way that makes our ancient faith attractive to both Catholics and non-Catholics in Northeast Texas. Every article, column and review in the magazine is written by the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Tyler. Access the magazine online here.


St. Edward Church. The Athens Community Service of Thanksgiving will be Nov. 18 at 12:15 p.m. on the west side of the courthouse. Worship leaders from all Athens churches will be present.

Young people in grades 7-12 are invited to Movie Night Tuesday, Nov. 17. Mass is at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., and the movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Don’t forget to bring pillows and blankets and goodies to share.

Father Lowry’s formation class, “The Gospel of Jesus Christ,�? is given every Thursday in English from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in the parish hall. Everyone is invited.

La clase de formación de fe del P. Lowry, “El Evangelio de Jesucristo,�? es cada Miércoles en español de 6:30 p.m. a 7:30 p.m. en el salon parroquial. Todos están invitados.

Bible study is every Thursday at 2 p.m. in the parish hall.

With the holidays nearing, please remember those in our community who are in need and give generously to the food pantry. Place your non-perishable goods in the basket in the church hall.

The Athens Community Service of Thanksgiving will be Nov. 18 at 12:15 p.m.


St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. The Children’s St. Nicholas Party/Domingo Familial will be Dec. 6 at 12:30 p.m.

The Saint Forge Youth Group meets Tuesday evenings. Meetings begin with Mass.


St. Leo the Great Church. We need volunteers each Sunday to bring donuts or other treats to welcome visitors and encourage hospitality after Mass each Sunday. See Anita for details.


St. Francis of the Tejas Church. The parish turkey and canned food drive is this month. Please remember those in need and be generous.

Family faith formation is every Sunday at 10:15 a.m. We will be reviewing basic Catholic traditions and doctrines, such as the Trinity and who made me.

Sunday Mass can be viewed Sunday at 5 p.m. on KIVY, local channel 16.

Daily Mass can be seen online at www.stfranciscrockett.org.


St. Mary Magdalene Church. The annual Belles Bake Sale will be Nov. 14-15 after all Masses in Peaches Hall.


St. Charles Borromeo Church. There will be no Mass on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

The Ladies of St. Charles are taking pre-orders for tamales. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund. To order, contact Gail Eubank, 903-876-7319 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Joyce Lestina.

Join David Etheridge at the Frankston Nursing Home for sing-

ing and visiting with the residents this Saturday, November 21st, beginning at 10:30 AM. It’s a great way to spread God’s love to others.

St. Charles is host to the first Families Anonymous chapter in the Diocese of Tyler. Families Anonymous is primarily for those who have known a feeling of desperation concerning the destructive behavior of someone very near to them, whether caused by drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral problems. When you come into this room you are no longer alone, but among friends.  St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Frankston will host a meeting the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. For information, call Kathy Brockington, 817-319-9843.

Our next food pantry will be Dec. 10th. Please consider donating time and/or money to help us feed the hungry in our area.

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St. Jude Church. The parish youth group is hosting a soccer tournament Nov. 21 at 8 a.m. at the church for children ages 14 and up. Registration is $60 for a team of seven. Any additional players are $5 per person. The last day to register is Nov. 15. For more information, contact Hugo Murrillo, 903-880-4480.

The Knights of Columbus potluck is Nov. 19 at the Foundation Building.

There will be no daily Masses Dec. 8-11.

A bilingual Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception will be celebrated Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. This is a holy day of obligation.

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St. Thomas More Church. The fall fish fry will be held Friday, Nov. 13, 3-7 p.m. on the church grounds. Should it rain again, the fish fry will be held in the Community Center on Lodge Drive.


Immaculate Conception Church. The parish Thanksgiving dinner will be Nov. 26 at noon in the parish hall.

The church will be part of this year’s Jefferson Candlelight Tours. The church and hall will be open Thursdays, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10, 3-7 p.m., and Fridays, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, 5-9 p.m.

The parish feast day and opening of the Year of Mercy will be celebrated Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, with Mass at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. A potluck dinner will follow the 5:30 p.m. Mass in the parish hall.

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated Dec. 12 with Mass at 10 a.m., followed by a Mexican brunch in the parish hall.

The parish Advent reconciliation service will be Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.


Holy Family Church. There will be an AARP Driver Safety Class in the parish hall Saturday, Nov. 21, noon-4 p.m. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. The class is open to all drivers with a valid driver’s license but is geared to participants over 50. After completion of the class you may be eligible for a discount on your automobile insurance premium. Contact Harry H. Rayner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 903-768-2032 or 713-252-9496, for information or to register.

The Friendship, Faith & Fun Middle School Retreat will be Feb. 20-21, 2016. All 6-8th-graders & youth workers are invited. The retreat will be at The Pines Catholic Camp near Big Sandy, TX.


St. Mary Church. The St. Nicholas Bazaar is Dec. 5. There will be plenty of fun for the whole family, including meeting Mr. and Mrs. Claus, a traveling St. Nicholas display, the St. Nicholas Express, a general store, cake walk, food and more. Vendors, including gift-wrapping, will be present. The bazaar will include a silent auction, raffle, and gift baskets for sale. We still need donations of items for that baskets and paper goods for the café. Items may be placed in the donation box in the church office. For more information, call Pat Smith, 903-240-1635.

The Adoration Chapel is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are openings Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m., Thursdays, 3-4 p.m., and Fridays, 1-2 a.m. Can you spend an hour with Our Lord? For information or to volunteer, contact Sharon Milam, 903-753-9527, or Sheila Hargrave, 903-295-1728.

Remember the troops and their service dogs. There are still service members overseas this Christmas. Brighten up their days during the holidays with a gift of candy, magazines, snacks, powdered drink mixes, and snacks. Their service animals would love a doggie treat, too! Please put any items in the box in the usher’s room or drop by the church office. For more information, call Barbara Ratcliff, 903-234-9195.

Do you know someone who needs help this Christmas? We are now accepting referrals for Adopt-a-Family for this coming Christmas. Please pick up a form from the foyer table and return to the church office as soon as possible. Funds are limited; this is on a “first-come, first-served�? basis. We focus on children whose families would otherwise be unable to provide a special Christmas for them, but are also open to assisting the elderly, particularly those with no family to celebrate Christmas. For more information, call the church office, 903-757-5855.

Our Sunday morning faith for­mation program needs your help as Catechists, helpers, office help, clean up or nursery. Please consider volunteering your time to help with the formation of our community. Den. Blue at the church, 903-757-5855, ext. 305.

St. Matthew Church. Our Lady’s Guild will meet on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Hallsville. All ladies of the parish are invited to attend. We will be playing Bingo & preparing bags for the homeless. Please bring any toiletries, snacks, socks, gloves, etc. that you would like to donate for the homeless bags. Baby-sitting will be provided at St. Mary’s Rosary Room. If you would like to carpool, meet at St. Mary’s parking lot at 9:00 a.m. For more info, contact Pat Smith at 903-240-1635.

All choir members and their families are invited to a Choir Appreciation Dinner in honor of St. Cecilia, the patroness of music. Monday, November 23, at 6:30 pm at the Saint John Paul Family Center. Please RSVP to the church office by Nov. 18. We appreciate your commitment to sing for the Lord.

All high school youth are invited to LifeTeen nights on Sundays, beginning with Mass at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and LifeNight until 8:30 p.m. Watch the bulletin for a schedule of events.


The Dominican Laity of Lufkin invites parishioners from both parishes to join them in praying the Liturgy of the Hours (Vespers) each Wednesday and Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. in Saint Andrew’s Chapel. In so doing we honor God’s command to “pray without ceasing�? (1 Thessalonians 5:1).

St. Andrew Church. The annual parish Thanksgiving dinner will be Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. in the new parish hall. Turkey, dressing, gravy and desserts will be provided. Please bring side dishes, enough to serve 12. Put your name on your dishes and utensils to make sure they go home with you.

Green envelopes are available in the red sleigh at the church entrance for donations to the annual St. Andrew’s Gala. If you can’t provide hands-on help this year, please consider a financial donation.

RCIA weekly sessions are under way. Anyone interested in participating in the program or assisting the RCIA team should contact Elaine Jackson, 936-632-5914 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The St. Andrew Charity will provide Christmas assistance for parish families in need. If your family has a need, please visit the parish office and fill out a form. You will be contacted by a St. Andrew Charity member.

St. Andrew’s has also begun renting the Education Building and Parish Hall to non-parishioners. If your company is looking for a location for a holiday party or event, please call the parish office to reserve the space.

St. Patrick Church. The Ladies of the Rosary meet Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in the parish office to make rosaries. Come join us in this mission!

All high school students are invited to come to SPYG. We meet each Wednesday in the parish office from 6-8 p.m. Join us for fellowship, Bible study, games, and refreshments. For more information contact Rosie Pool at 936-675-0713.


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Lectors and those who would like to share in this ministry are asked to plan now for the annual meeting. Be prepared to stay after Mass Sunday, Nov. 22. We’ll be meeting in the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe, distributing the new workbooks and planning the 2016 schedule.

The religious goods counter has purple and rose candle sets for Advent for $10 while supplies last. Browse through the catalogues for Christmas gifts.

Each year during the month of November our church helps to restock the shelves of the Son-Shine Center. Please use your coupons and check for extra savings and discounts so that we can fill the grocery cart with food staples and toiletry items.

Bible study is held Mondays at 6:30 p.m.


St. Joseph Church. Volunteers are needed to work the food pantry Nov. 17-19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To volunteer, contact Cathy Lay, 903-934-4668. Help us feed the hungry in our area.

This year, we are collecting the following items for the food bank: sweet potatoes, corn, peas, rice, beans, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, cooking oil, flour, sugar. Please drop off your donations at the church office before Nov. 20. Our goal is enough items for 125 families.

The Hispanic community will be selling tamales the weekend of Nov. 14-15. Cost is $10 a dozen.


St. Peter the Apostle Church. Applications for the Angel Tree will be accepted through Nov. 16. The church office must have all applications ready by Nov. 23. Gifts are due by Dec. 7, and the spending limit per person is $30. Requests for electronics and high-tech gadgets will not be accepted. Contact the church office for more information.

Christmas pageant practice has begun and will continue through Advent. Practices are held in the parish hall on Sundays, 11:25-11:55 a.m. Encourage your children to join! We will need angels, shepherds, three Kings, Mary and Joseph.


Sacred Heart Church. The Ladies Auxiliary will hold their annual Turkey Bingo fundraiser Nov. 18, 6:30 pm, at the KC Hall. The evening will include bingo, an auction, door prizes and fun. A raffle will feature two handmade quilts and other items. Bingo tickets are available from any member of the Ladies Auxiliary or at the door. Bingo tickets are $7 each; raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Food will be available as early as 6 p.m. Bingo will begin at 6:30 p.m. Join us and make this a successful fundraiser.

St. Vincent de Paul Society invites you to participate in our Holiday Food Baskets Ministry, as we will provide 100 families with a Thanksgiving Food Basket and a different 100 families with a Christmas Food Basket. You can donate any of the following: green beans, corn, stuffing mix, instant potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cornbread mix, cranberry sauce. Items can be left in the vestibule of the church, in the church office or at the SVDP office. If you would like to donate money, we will use that money to purchase items that are needed to complete the baskets. Please be generous in your giving, for it is in giving that we receive.

The annual parish Thanksgiving Dinner will be Nov. 15 at noon.

LifeTeen for youth in grades 9-12 is held Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.


Sacred Heart Church. Basic, intermediate and advanced Spanish classes are available at the church, Fridays at 1 p.m. in the parish center. Cost is $10 per lesson. For information, contact Betty Rodriguez, 903-691-7931.

Middle and high school youth are invited to Barn Bash, a fall fun day on the farm, Nov. 15.


Wellspring Spirituality Center. A Rosary Retreat will be held at Wellspring in Whitehouse Wednesday, Nov. 18. The retreat begins at noon in the Mother of Compassion Shrine. The rosary will be prayed, and Mass will also be celebrated. A brief meeting of the Rosary Society will follow. All are welcome. Wellspring is at 16828 FM 2964 (Rhones Quarter Rd. off Grande Blvd.). For more information, contact Susan Mills, 903-780-2935 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or see the Wellspring website, wellspringcommunity.net. A $5 donation to Wellspring is requested.

An Advent retreat will be held Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-noon. In the midst of this hectic and busy season, take a much-needed break to prepare for the coming of our Lord. Make this an Advent to remember!  This is an opportunity to reflect on the meaning and spiritual significance of Advent.  Fr. Gus will guide the retreat. Registration is not necessary. All are welcome. For more information about our programs and retreats, contact us at 903-839-1280 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The annual St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Store will be Nov. 13, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., and Nov. 14, 7 a.m.-noon, in the Cathedral Center. The larger sale this year will feature everything needed to decorate a home for Christmas, plus many specialty items including clothes and toys. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the St. Vincent de Paul Center.

SVdP needs two drivers for pickups of donated items. Each driver would only be needed one day each week. No special driver’s license is required. Please give consideration to this very important ministry that helps the needy throughout our area.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Memorial Ceremony and meeting will be Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Cathedral Center.

A Rosary Holy Hour is held weekly on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. in the Adoration Chapel in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul. The hour is open to all. For more information, contact Susan Mills 903-780-2935, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bishop Gorman needs volunteer or paid bus drivers for field trips and other school events, CDL preferred, required for larger bus drivers. If interested or for more information, please contact Steve Chenevert at 903.561.2424.

St. Gregory Cathedral School invites everyone to tune into students’ morning program, Good Morning St. Gregory. The program features students in starring roles as they present news of the day. View the programs here.

Family catechesis is in need of volunteers. Currently we have 230 families with a total of 399 children attending classes on Wednesday nights. We do not want to ever have to turn a family away because we do not have enough volunteers to help teach and guide and keep all safe during our programs. Please as we approach this year of Mercy consider helping in some way our Faith Formation Department. Certification in Ethics and Integrity training is required. For more information or to volunteer, contact Peggy Hammett, 903-592-1617, ext. 19, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..